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What is Buoy Coaching?
bu·oy; boo-ēē, boi


  • To keep someone or something afloat.
  • Cause to become cheerful or confident.
  • To sustain or encourage.


  • An anchored float serving as a navigation mark to guide the route through reefs or other hazards, or for mooring.
Retirement Coach

“Retirement is not the end, but rather the opportunity for a new beginning,” says Larry Jacobson, a leading authority on non-fiscal retirement planning. Jacobson uses his own successful experience from his business career, retiring from the corporate world, and from achieving his personal dreams, as proven models for his coaching. His experience has attracted entrepreneurs, CEO’s, doctors, attorneys, teachers, and public figures.

Not accepting that retirement is a time to stop growing, he coaches clients to discover untapped passions beyond their previous career. He then combines these passions with the knowledge from their vocation to build a plan of action incorporating both into a retirement of fulfillment and purpose.  

Retirement Coach

Jacobson is a recognized thought leader in the field of non-fiscal retirement planning, which is gaining popularity as a supplement to traditional fiscal planning. His personal coaching and award-winning online video classroom were developed by reverse engineering his own successful experience and that of his clients. Larry successfully transitioned from CEO to sailor and achieved his dream of sailing around the world. His next transition was from sailor to a six-time literary award-winning author and motivational speaker. Now Buoy Coaching focuses on coaching programs that rethink and redefine retirement. The groundbreaking program, Sail Into Retirement™, has quickly achieved notoriety as the gold standard in the field.

A California native, circumnavigator and adventurer, Larry Jacobson is an avid sailor with over 50,000 blue water miles under his keel. Author of the six-time award-winning memoir of his six-year circumnavigation in the book, The Boy Behind the Gate, his latest work is The Top 5 Retirement Planning Secrets, available on this site.          

  • Larry saved me from wasting away the rest of my life. He’s the best of the best and worth every dollar.

    Soon after retiring as an attorney with my name on the door and an identity I was proud of, I found myself falling into depression. I spent my days wandering through life with little wondering what I would do for the rest of my  professional and personal life.  Money wasn’t an issue - it was, how will I spend my time?

    Then I met and hired Larry Jacobson. He immediately started digging into my soul to find out what I truly wanted in life. He helped me focus on a variety of areas in my life including work, family, recreation, health, travel, mentoring, relationships, and social. The progress was quick. In three months I was a  happier person and had improved in all areas of my life. 

    Larry saved me from wasting away the rest of my life. He’s the best of the best and worth every dollar.

    Shel Schreiberg
    Attorney at Law
  • Completely thrilled with Larry's passionate and enthusiastic guidance

    I’ve referred seniors to Larry and they’ve been completely thrilled with his passionate and enthusiastic guidance. When I’m ready to sail into retirement, I will refer myself to Larry. 

    Paul Freiberger
    Shimmering Careers
  • I can unconditionally say that you were absolutely one of the best speakers to appear at our club

    “Larry Jacobson was a dynamic, engaging speaker we felt very lucky to have on stage for our Success Series Event at Sacramento State Alumni Center.

    His keynote presentation “Redefining Retirement, What’s your encore?” was rated highly by our attendees and we can recommend him highly. The audience was engaged, and his comments were definitely thought-provoking to all.

    In his very lively, energizing session, Larry gave them clear tips – and most importantly, actionable suggestions -- on how to implement these valuable strategies.”

    Jennifer Stephens
    Program Director
  • Buoy Coaching is a must for anyone looking for the next step on life's journey!

    Larry shows passion and commitment to my future. The resources help surface underlying ideas and develop steps to reach goals. Larry has been flexible with his time and maintained communication during my transition into retirement. Buoy Coaching is a must for anyone looking for the next step on life's journey!

    Dan Mosunich
  • ... inspiring, thought-provoking, and, frankly, fun!

    It was my pleasure to hear Larry Jacobson speak at the CASE District VII conference in March, where his topic was “Make Passion Your Priority.” He was one of our opening speakers and what a way to kick off our conference!

    The conference theme invited attendees to shake things up and reinvent themselves in order to better serve their institutions in an ever-changing environment. Embracing even minute change is not easy. However, after Larry’s presentation, I felt like I should just go for it! Take on life and my work with all of the gusto I could muster.

    This speaker was inspiring, thought-provoking, and, frankly, fun! Larry helped to set the stage for the rest of our conference – he was exactly what we needed!

    Theresa Davis
    Chair, CASE District VII Conference
  • Larry helped me achieve more clarity on an area of life that had been puzzling me for some time

    Larry helped me achieve more clarity on an area of life that had been puzzling me for some time. His insights encouraged me to make a decision to move in a new direction. This new direction is in alignment with who I am and what I want to accomplish with my life.

    Thank you Larry! 

    Susie L.
    Hollister, MO
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